2nd Annual

Palo Alto International Film Festival

September 27, 2012 to September 30, 2012

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Shorts must be under 10 minutes. Any form/genre is acceptable.
Features must be over 40 minutes. Any form/genre is acceptable.

Transmedia / Multi-platform
Any form/genre is acceptable.


PAIFF's goal is to facilitate, fuel and ignite current and future cinematic revolutions through education and entertainment. PAIFF convenes artists, media and technology professionals, and attendees in an intimate environment where they can experience great cinema, learn about cutting-edge technologies and ideas, and celebrate the artists and innovators shaping the world of moving pictures.


In the heart of Silicon Valley and home to Stanford University, Palo Alto is the world’s premier center for modern technological innovation. Since 1878 when Eadweard Muybridge created the first photographic motion studies for Leland Stanford, Palo Alto has been a fertile meeting ground for film, technology and venture capital. Today, technological advances in media and cinema are democratizing the art form, creating powerful new tools for storytelling, and producing paradigm shifts in the way moving images can be made and shared. PAIFF’s presentations, workshops, and panel discussions provide an opportunity to learn about the latest media and technology developments, and to interact with industry legends and cutting-edge innovators. Armed with unique approaches and common passions, these individuals, come together at PAIFF to share the ideas that are igniting current and future cinematic revolutions.


Alexandra Ippolite (Managing Director); Alexandra Ippolite (Managing Director); alf seccombe; alf seccombe; alf seccombe


January 1, 2012: Early Submission Deadline
May 1, 2012: Regular Deadline
May 8, 2012: Late Deadline
May 15, 2012: WAB Extended Deadline
August 1, 2012: Final Notification of Acceptance
September 15, 2012: Film Prints Due
September 27-30, 2012: Festival Dates

Eligibility Requirements:
Length: Features must be over 40 min. Shorts must be under 10 min. Any and all genres are accepted.
Language: Foreign language films must be available with the original language soundtrack and English subtitles.
Presentation: For preview purposes we only accept DVDs and secure online screeners. For exhibition purposes we only screen, DCP, HDCAM and Quicktime files.
Student Shorts Submissions: Students must be enrolled in an academic institution at the time of submission.
Local Shorts Submissions: Filmmakers must have a San Francisco/Peninsula/Bay Area address.

Required Submission Materials:
Entry Fee paid by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, money order, or check payable in US funds to: PAIFF. International entrants who do not pay by credit card must use an international money order paid in US dollars through a US bank. Entry fees are not refundable. (Entry fee waiver: Students or local filmmakers who have a San Francisco/Peninsula/Bay Area address may be eligible to receive a fee waiver. No other waivers or exceptions will be granted. Please contact submissions@paloaltoinstitue.org for more details).
Self-addressed, stamped postcard to verify receipt (optional)
Preview DVD (optional). DVDs will not be returned unless accompanied by an addressed and PREPAID return envelope or express service waybill.

Entry materials will not be returned. Incomplete entries will not be considered. Required materials can be submitted digitally on a CD.
Films selected for screening will be notified no later than August 15, 2012.

Accepted Films :
A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
Production Still Photos - 300 dpi JPEG image, captioned with the name of actors
Photo of the Director - 300 dpi JPEG image
Biography & Filmography for Director, Producer, and/or Writer
Statement by the Director

Shipping: It will be the filmmaker’s responsibility to cover the incoming shipping costs to PAIFF. All films will be insured against damage or loss while participating in the Festival. PAIFF will cover the return costs to the address
Screenings: If a film is invited to participate, the Festival will not screen a film more than three times as allowed by international regulations.

For questions, please contact submissions@paloaltoinstitute.org

Cash prizes will be awarded for
Feature Competition($5,000)
Int’l Short Film Competition ($1,000), Local Student Short Audience Award ($250), Local Short Film Award ($250)


I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree as follows:
• I have read, understood, and complied with all eligibility requirements.
• All the statements in this document are true.
• In consideration for the opportunity to be selected into the Palo Alto International Film Festival, I release and discharge Palo Alto International Film Festival, its employees, agents, contractors, volunteers, licensees, successors and assigns (collectively the “Palo Alto Institute”) from any and all claims, demands or causes of actions related to misappropriation or infringement of copyright or violation of any other right arising out of or relating to my submission hereunder.
• I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Palo Alto Institute from any claims that arise as a result of this submission or screening of my film (should it be selected) as well as from damage to or loss of any submitted materials en route to the festival.
• I have all rights necessary and am duly authorized to submit this film to the Festival.
• This film is not subject to any claims or litigation and is not threatened by any claims or litigation.
• I understand, as the authorized representative, any prizes will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning films.